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Scathing WSJ editorial: The only explanation for Trump’s behavior is that he wants GOP to lose the House

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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush following the CNN debate (Photo: Screen capture via video)

A scathing new Wall Street Journal editorial all but accuses President Donald Trump of intentionally sabotaging his own party’s chances of holding onto the House of Representatives in this fall’s midterm elections.

In particular, the paper’s conservative editors analyze the way that Trump’s strategy of driving up base turnout against Democratic incumbents in rural states such as North Dakota and Missouri, they say that this will likely do great harm to vulnerable House Republicans who represent suburban districts.

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“Mr. Trump might not welcome a Democratic House, but he also might not fear it as long as Republicans keep the Senate,” they write. “More than even most politicians, Mr. Trump always needs a foil, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be from central political casting.”

That said, the editors lament that this strategy would render it impossible to pass any further conservative reforms during Trump’s presidency — and they say that a big Democratic victory could still “start up the impeachment machinery,” even if the possibility of conviction in the Senate is remote.

“Judges aside, the House has been essential to Mr. Trump’s main achievements that have lifted the economy — corporate tax reform, deregulation — and whatever government-reform victories they’ve had,” they write. “If they lose the House this year, Republicans aren’t likely to get it back until the end of the Trump Presidency.”


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‘We ought to be mourning’: Fox News guest reprimands anchor over attack on ‘comrade’ AOC

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Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D) pushed back against Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday after he attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Comrade Cortez firing up her base in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death," Hegseth announced to kick off the Fox & Friends segment. "The New York socialist telling supporters they need to back Biden now more than ever."

"Karen, I will start with you," the Fox News host continued. "Comrade Cortez says let this moment radicalize you. Is that what this should do for Democrats?"

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The future of Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat will likely hinge on control of the Senate

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Donald Trump may push Senate Republicans to try to jam a Supreme Court nominee through before the election, but I think it's more likely that he'll opt to run on the vacancy given that it's an issue that could bring Republicans who don't like him back into the fold. It would be better for him than running against the Democratic backlash that would follow a hasty confirmation before the election. And Senate Majority Mitch McConnell would also be hard-pressed to usher through a confirmation in that brief period, and he has vulnerable members who need to be home campaigning.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (I-AK) have said that they will not vote for a nominee before next year's inauguration. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was reportedly against moving a nominee this year as well, although his press secretary denied the accuracy of the story. If he's a no, then one more vote kills a confirmation, which would be a devastating blow to Trump just before an election.

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Bill Barr goes full-on right-wing nutjob

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Are you kidding me? Sedition? From 1798?

Just in case someone is not persuaded that this Trump Administration is falling off its rocker, the advice from Atty. Gen. William P. Barr to federal prosecutors to use a two-century-old law to stop people – no, specifically “violent” leftist protests outside federal courthouses – from seeking to overthrow the government should make us stop and scratch our collective heads.

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